ALBION — Merlon F. “Junior” Sylvester Jr. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Northern Light Heath Emergency Department with his daughter by his side.

Born in Waterville Nov. 18, 1948, he was the son of Merlon F. Sylvester Sr. and Christine (Caron).

He attended Winslow High School. Junior joined the Army out of high school and served three tours in Vietnam. He retired from the Maine Department of Transportation after 20 years and became a truck driver until he fully retired. He was a volunteer member of the Albion Fire Department for more than 20 years and was a member of the muster team.

He enjoyed driving race cars at Unity Raceway, fly fishing, boating and camping with his family at Spencer Bay. He loved working on tractors and hunting with his brother, Fred; and more recently, riding his motorcycle with the Red Knights and his close friend Pete. He often took long rides with his sister Jeannette and occasionally got stuck. He could be found many days eating breakfast and socializing at Bee’s diner with his brother and sister-in-law. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his kind heart and for his love for his children and grandchildren.

Junior was predeceased by his father, Merlon, and mother, Christine Sylvester; his wife, Naomi (Powell) Sylvester; his sister, Carol White; and his grandson, Merlon F. Sylvester IV.

He is survived by his children, Marji Bouchard and her husband, Richard; Dorothy Violette; and Merlon F. “Sonny” Sylvester III and his wife, Tinna; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Paulette Chapman and her husband, Richard, and Jeannette Tinker and her husband, Everett; his brother, Fred Sylvester, and his wife, Danielle; and multiple cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Winslow VFW from 1 to 4 p.m. Graveside services will be announced at a later date.

The family would like to thank Northern Light Health emergency staff for the care they provided Junior in his final days.

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, Fairfield, where memories may be shared, and an online register book signed by visiting familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

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